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Clare Ancient House Museum is a museum in Clare, which is near Sudbury and Haverhill in west Suffolk. The museum features exhibits related to the history of Clare, including its Agriculture, Social History, Archaeology, Architecture, Archives, and its Castle (now within Clare Castle Country Park). Historic photographs on a rolling display and records of our houses (over 130 listed by Historic England), our residents and their activities are available on the Museum's public computer and available for purchase on CD-rom. The Museum is closely collaborating with the Park in the expansion and renewal of its Town Trail and Castle excavations.

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Clare Ancient House Museum
26 High Street
CO10 8NY Clare

Museum type(s)

History & Anthropology


Local Archaeology Historic house Agriculture

Visitor information

Opening hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 02:00 pm – 05:00 pm
Friday 02:00 pm – 05:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am – 05:00 pm
Sunday 02:00 pm – 05:00 pm


Bank Holidays: 11:30am - 5pm

Our season runs only from April to the end of September.

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0 - 15 Free
16 and over £1.00

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  • Museum shop


26 High Street, Clare, England


Permanent exhibitions

Archaeology in Clare before the 2018-20 excavations

Archaeology in Clare before the 2018-20 excavations

Clare has long been of historical interest, but archaeological investigations have been few. An owner of the Castle allowed work in the 1840s which unearthed some finds reported in the journals. Work...
The Story of Clare

The Story of Clare

This exhibition about the distinctiveness of the small town of Clare has 10 chapters, from Clare Castle, the de Clares and their close connections to English kings and queens, the de Clares who took p...

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